WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a tweaked user interface for the app with a bottom navigation bar, and it is available to some lucky beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Bottom navigation bar|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some lucky beta testers, and it is rolling out to more people over the coming weeks.|
|Thanks:||TechyKaptan and kabali_vijay, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to mention groups within the community announcement group!|
BOTTOM NAVIGATION BAR
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update, we shared information about a tweaked interface in development. The tweaked interface for the Android app includes a bottom navigation bar, a new system to help users better navigate between the different sections of the app. We can finally confirm that, after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update available on the Google Play Store, some lucky beta testers may get the new interface!
As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp introduced a tweaked interface for the app with a bottom navigation bar, making it easier for users to switch to different tabs from the bottom of the screen. As we explained in our previous article when the feature was in development, many WhatsApp users have requested a new interface for the app in the past few years, often asking for it to be similar to the one implemented on WhatsApp for iOS. This request included the implementation of a bottom navigation bar that would allow users better navigation through the app. The introduction of the bottom navigation bar shows how WhatsApp values user feedback and that they are also ready to implement important changes like this.
If this feature isn’t available on your WhatsApp account, don’t worry as this is currently available to some lucky beta testers and it will reach your account soon. WhatsApp often releases new features gradually to a limited number of beta testers before making them available to everyone. This approach helps WhatsApp identify and fix any issues or bugs with the feature before it’s widely released.
The tweaked interface with the bottom navigation bar is available to some lucky beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to even more users over the coming weeks.
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